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Frank Sinatra advised George Michael to 'loosen up' on fame

Back In 1990, During An Interview Wham Star George Michael Said That He Would Avoid The Limelight After The Release Of His Album 'Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1', To Which Legendary Singer Frank Sinatra Responded, Saying He Should Be Thankful For His Position.

PTI | Updated on: 28 Dec 2016, 12:01:47 PM
Frank Sinatra advised George Michael to loosen up on fame

Los Angeles:

Back in 1990, during an interview Wham star George Michael said that he would avoid the limelight after the release of his album 'Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1', to which legendary singer Frank Sinatra responded, saying he should be thankful for his position. 

Sinatra, who was one of the most popular and influential musical artistes of the 20th century, advised Michael writing an open letter that he should be happy for his stardom as he had worked so hard to achieve it, reported The Independent.

"I don't understand a guy who lives 'in hopes of reducing the strain of his celebrity status. Here's a kid who 'wanted to be a pop star since I was about 7 years old.' 

"And now that he's a smash performer and songwriter at 27 he wants to quit doing what tons of gifted youngsters all over the world would shoot grandma for- just one crack at what he's complaining about." 

The iconic figure continued saying, "Come on George, Loosen up. Swing, man, Dust off those gossamer wings and fly yourself to the moon of your choice and be grateful to carry the baggage we've all had to carry since those lean nights of sleeping on buses and helping the driver unload the instruments." 

Sinatra concluded the letter with a plea for Michael to use his musical prowess to good use. 

"Talent must not be wasted. Those who have it- and you obviously do or today's Calendar cover article would have been about Rudy Vallee- those who have talent must hug it, embrace it, nurture it and share it lest it be taken away from you as fast as it was loaned to you. Trust me. I've been there," he wrote.

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First Published : 28 Dec 2016, 12:00:00 PM